Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Lauren Malik Lauren Malik

posted on December 7, 2010 and updated on December 7, 2010

I am astranged from the only famliy member that could help me i just want find my clan and other information on our history and traditions. I would like to be able to teach these things to my son. Our oldest famliy member’s name was Narcissus Wilson after that was Knoell and Starlie(peeler) Wilson. I really dont know much more.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 8, 2010

narcissus wilson but no birthdate, no location, no spouse, not sure of married name, no date or place of death.
not sure of the relationship to noel or starlie peeler wilson.

this is how you do genealogy: start with what you know, gather your documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license. then you can start on your grandparents. i find it is easiest to start with the person’s death and work backward to their birth. death events: death certificate, cemetery record, obituary. there might be newspaper mentions about military service, marriage, birth of children or other events. you can usually access newspapers through your local public library and the interlibrary loan program.

if you get stuck on someone and they passed away after 1/1/1937, you can ask for their social security application. many times, people got a delayed birth certificate to show proof of age. when you request the birth certificate of someone born before 1929, also request that they check to see if there was a delayed birth certificate filed.

starlie’s obituary might be here:
Starlia “Starlie” (Peeler) Wilson, a former longtime Lane area resident, passed away Wednesday,
March 7, 2001 at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, Bryan County Oklahoma.
Starlie died at the age of 96 years, 2 months, and 2 days. She was born on March 5, 1905 at Quinton,
(Indian Territory) Oklahoma to William Arthur and Nanna Lou (Pierson) Peeler. Starlie attended schools
at Grassy Lake and Mary’s Chapel in Atoka County, Oklahoma. She was a longtime member of the Lane
Baptist Church. Starlia “Starlie” Peeler and Noel J. Wilson were married July 2, 1922 in the Harmony
community, Atoka County, Oklahoma. Starlie worked at the U.S. Naval ammunition base during WWII
and she was a housewife and homemaker. She loved to garden and raise flowers. She enjoyed quilting
and arts and crafts.

Starlia “Starlie” (Peeler) Wilson was survived by :

Her six children, Edith Jewell Soester and husband Howard, formerly of Emory, Texas; G.E. “Peno”
Wilson of Tushka, Atoka County, Oklahoma; Ferman Wilson of Centerpoint, Atoka County, Oklahoma;
Ruth Morris of Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma; Eloise Bingham and husband Joe of Bartlesville,
Oklahoma; and Butch Wilson and Wife Maxine of Stringtown, Atoka County, Oklahoma.

Thirty-three Grandchildren, fifty-six Great-Grandchildren, and thirty Great-Great-Grandchildren.

One Brother Ed Peeler and wife Sally of Lane, Atoka County, Oklahoma.

Three Sisters, Ina Lane of Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma; Bernice Hopson of Atoka, Atoka County,
Oklahoma; and Mary Cheeseman of Irving, Dallas County, Texas.

Her special friend, caregiver, and domino buddy, Frances Farrell of Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma.

Along with numerous Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Starlia “Starlie” (Peeler) Wilson was preceded in death by her parents William and Nanna Peeler; her
Husband Noel Wilson on January 24, 1994; three sons, Eugene, Aubrey, and James Wilson; one
daughter, Marjorie Nadean Warford; one grandson; four brothers, Tom, Curtis, James, and Adrian
Peeler; four Sisters Beulah Lane, Leona Strang, Della Mae Yates, and Nina Peeler.

Funeral services for Starlia “Starlie” (Peeler) Wilson were Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at
Brown’s Funeral Chapel in Atoka, Atoka County, Oklahoma with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating and Rev.
Harry Boydston assisting. The casketbearers were her grandsons Buck Wilson, Tony Bingham, Joe
Wilson, Ronnie Warford, Michael Bingham, David Wilson, Emmett Wilson. The honorary casketbearers
were Curtis Parham, Dennis Courtney, J.D. Mcginty, Bill Pasquali, Leon Yates, Bill Mullen, Billy
Pierce, and Ernie Dean. Brown’s Funeral Services, Atoka, Atoka County, Oklahoma handled funeral
arrangements. Starlie was laid to rest in the Butler Cemetery, Bentley, Atoka County, Oklahoma.

Noel James Wilson
____ – 24 JAN 1994

  • DEATH: 24 JAN 1994

Family 1 : Starlia “Starlie” Peeler

  • MARRIAGE: 2 JUL 1922, Harmony, Atoka County, Oklahoma
1. Eugene Wilson 2. Aubrey Wilson 3. James Wilson 4. +Marjorie Nadean Wilson 5. Edith Jewell Wilson 6. G.E. “Peno” Wilson 7. Ferman Wilson 8. Ruth Wilson 9. +Eloise Wilson 10. Butch Wilson

buried in the butler cemetery:
Wilson, Noel J. h/o Starlie (Peeler) Wilson -Wed: July 2, 1922 S/o S. W. and Narcissa (Jones) Wilson

notice of marriage
(this should not substitute for the marriage license)

starlie obit with pic from the funeral home

it seems that narcissa jones married a wilson.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Neal J Wilson
Name: Neal J Wilson
Home in 1930: Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma
View Map
Age: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1905
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Starlie Wilson
Race: White


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Neal J Wilson 25
Starlie Wilson 25
Eugene Wilson 6
Ausby Wilson 5
Margares N Wilson 3
Edith J Wilson 1 4/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: 1892; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 1071.0.

you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.

i can’t seem to find a record of noel or his mother before this date. maybe he went by another name. maybe his mother went by another name. in any case, i don’t have enough clues.

i would recommend that you look at his social security application so you can get more clues. his death certificate and obituary might be helpful.

it would seem that her enrollment number might be 11413, narcissa jones, daughter of noel jones and mary jones.
i see her spouse was “s. w.” jones

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Jones Mary 0 F 4080 P
Choctaw Jones Solomon 0 M 4080 P
Choctaw Jones Edward 12 M FULL 4080 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Jones Israel 19 M FULL 4080 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Jones Noel 59 M FULL 4080 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Wilson S W 0 M 4080 P
Choctaw Wilson Clarance Monroe 1 M 1/2 4080 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Wilson Walter Green 1 M 1/2 4080 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Wilson Narcissa 14 F FULL 4080 NR ATOKA BB

bb=by bloood

i got this from the rootsweb website, social security death index
WILSON, NOEL J 17 Nov 1904 15 Jan 1994 89 74525 (Atoka, Atoka, OK) (none specified) Oklahoma 448-01-6666

may be silas for the first name.
1890 – 1907

COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use


FIVE FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN CHOCTAW NATION AT – ATOKA, ATOKA CO. OK, get copy of marriage from LDS Library BR – DURANT, BRYAN CO. OK. get copy of marriage from Durant Lf – POTEAU, LEFLORE CO. OK get copy of marriage from Poteau Mc – McALESTER, PITSBURY CO. OK get copy of marriage from Indian Archives OKC WIL – WILBURTON, LATIMER CO. OK you may be able to get copy from Muskogee Ok CODES USED un – NOT USED nr – NO RETURN er – ERROR col – COLORED

WILSON, S W 33 JONES, CISSY 16 6 DEC 1899 ATOKA AT1©310©620

this is about noel jones, narcissus’ father.

Wilson, Silas William “Turkey”
Birth : 25 JUL 1866 Warren County, Missouri
Death : 18 JUN 1953 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas
Gender: Male

someone really needs to tie all these people and facts together. maybe it’s you.
i am wondering if noel was a brother to haley wilson. haley wilson was the father of ellen wilson who married frederick smallfield (bavaria, germany immigrant who ran the boggy depot pony express).. ellen and frederick’s daughter, minnie smallfield, married eli j. mcdonald. ellen was my late husband’s great grandmother.
this was his family:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Belt Malinda 23 F 3/16 4017 NR STRINGTOWN BB
Choctaw McDonald William 0 M 4017 P
Choctaw McDonald Eli Jackson 1 M 3/32 4017 NR STRINGTOWN BB
Choctaw Smallfield Fred 0 M 4017 P
Choctaw Smallfield John 13 M 3/16 4017 NR STRINGTOWN BB
Choctaw Smallfield Ellen 46 F 3/8 4017 NR STRINGTOWN BB
Choctaw Wilson Haley 0 M 4017 P
Choctaw Wilson Malinda 0 F 4017 P

you will want the enrollment application, the census card, and the testimony of your family. if your family happens to tie into his family, then you might have other information that might give you more clues. i have not traced his family back further. ellen was listed as 3/8 but this is because some of the relatives that she submitted could not be proven to be choctaw, so she did not get credit for their blood quantum. i think she was really 3/4 choctaw. i don’t know which parent had the difficulty with their tribal affiliation, haley or malinda. since i don’t know more about them, i still don’t have an opinion.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

good advice about native research:

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Delana I Herron Delana I Herron

posted on January 20, 2011

I also have family Wilson my g.g.g.grandfather was Jesse Wilson.. His wife name was may I am not sure how many children he had I know of one Palaoia Wilson also know as Mary Jane Wilson.. Mary Jane Wilson married Gabriel Herron, and these are the different spelling of the name Heron,Herring,Herren..Mary Jane had 2 son’s Jesse Andrew Jackson Herron 12/28/1863 born in Atoka Oklahoma then John William Herron 04/01/1865 not sure of where but i sure Oklahoma..Gabriel died some time around 1866-67 then Mary Jane lived with a man named Davis till 1869 when Leroy Tiner killed Davis and he married Mary Jane the marrage was under the names Leroy H Tiner and Jane Davis 08/02/1869..
Now out of all this I would love to know more about..
Jesse Wilson I know they where moved from mississippi..
Is there a way to get a copy of the marriage license of Gabriel Herron and Mary Jane Wilson 1862-63 I am thinking Atoka Oklahoma the birth record of Jesse A.J.Herron..
The marrage license of Leroy H Tiner and Jane Davis married 8/2/1869
Now and other thing I would love to know more about is the Clan’s I was told that the Herron,Follsom,Tiner,Mitchell, family’s are one Clan how can I get information about this Clan what was the name of the Clan when did it become a Clan..


Terri Terri

posted on April 28, 2012

Hi Lauren,

I am a GGrandaughter of Louisa Jones which is a sister to Narcissus Jones Wilson and thier dad is Noel Jones and mother is Mary Jones,I had the pleasure to meet Starla and Noel Wilson several times and have pictures of some of her beautiful flowers that she grew,they was such wonderful people and it was such a delight to be in the company of them.
you can email me at

rayson allen rayson allen

posted on May 5, 2012


It happens that your Narcissa Jones is mentioned in my family line, being a sister to Annie Jones, who married Murrow Armstrong. All were from the Bentley community in Atoka County,OK
A good record of the JONES family line is on the
Choctaw Nation website under original enrollee
Edward William Jones, a brother of Narcissa Jones
(Wilson) Unfortunately that site does not list the entire family line. The same article can be found in the book “Life and Times of the Choctaw Enrollees” by Wesley and Charlene Samuels 1997 edition I found a copy in the Atoka City library in Oklahoma.
A copy of the original marriage license of Narcissa and S W Wilson and birth affidavits of their children can be found on a pay website called (Browse collections>all titles>Dawes Packets>Choctaw>Choctaw by Blood> 4080 Noel Jones) Narcissa died July 28,1909 and Silas
William Wilson remarried to Ella M. Hammond
on Sept. 28, 1909. They had ten children together. Also SSDI for Noel James Wilson
(448-01-6666) says he was born Nov. 17, 1904 and died Jan 15, 1994 in Atoka,Oklahoma.
I have all these documents in my file. If you
want copies or more info, contact me at My name is Ray